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Preparing for an advising appointment

Students who prepare for their advising meetings will find their meetings to be more informative and efficient.

To Prepare

  • Make your advising appointments early. Advisors' schedules fill up quickly, especially during peak registration times.
  • Expect advisors to give you referrals. Advisors are your link to resources across campus designed to facilitate your success.
  • Feel free to discuss academic issues with your advisor. It is easier for advisors to help if they have a full understanding of what your concerns are.
  • Take a look at the College Catalog. Pay special attention to requirements for majors you're thinking about pursuing.
  • Complete a degree evaluation on Ozone.
  • Review the advising syllabus including expectations and ensure that all appropriate checklist items are completed.
  • Bring a list of questions or concerns you would like to discuss and any documents you and your advisor have previously worked from.

Creating an Academic Plan

  • Print a copy of the program of study page from your catalog of record. Be sure to choose the catalog year that you are following for your major. NOTE: Pre-Health students should follow the catalog for the program they plan to attend, not the "pre" program curriculum, and choose the current catalog year.
  • Print a copy of your unofficial transcript from Ozone using the Transcript link, which can be found on the Academic Info tab in the My Student Record section.
  • Compare your unofficial transcript against your program of study. On the program of study page you printed, mark the classes you have successfully completed as well as those you are currently taking. Remember that developmental courses will not count toward your major, but must be taken to advance in the subject area.
  • Run and print a Degree Evaluation from your Ozone account. You can find the degree evaluation link in Ozone on the Academic Info tab within the Education Planning section. You can generate a new evaluation with your current major. If you are considering a major change, you can do a What if Analysis to see how your courses fit with a different major.
  • Identify the classes you would like to take for the next two semesters**. Then look up each of these courses on the class schedule to determine their pre- and co-requisites by searching each course and then clicking on Course Info. Also note the semester in which each course is offered.
  • Determine which courses you are eligible to take based on the pre- and co-requisites.
  • Print the Academic Planning Worksheet form. Note on the Academic Planning Worksheet the courses you want to take in the next academic year (2-3 semesters)**. Remember that full time is at least 12 credit hours. To be eligible for the Tuition Guarantee Program, you must enroll in at least 15 credit hours each semester (excluding summers).
  • Call the Advising Office to make an appointment with your advisor to review your academic plan.
    • Findlay: (567) 429-3509
    • Learning Center Downtown Toledo: (567) 661-2732
    • Toledo: (567) 661-2387
  • When registration begins, register for classes via Ozone early to ensure the best selection of courses.

If you are planning to transfer, visit transferology (formerly for course equivalencies and also contact a representative from the institution to which you plan to transfer. Some area universities have transfer representatives who hold office hours on the Owens' campuses. Please contact the Advising Office to schedule an appointment with one of the transfer representatives.

**In some cases, students will need to complete an academic plan through to completion of a degree or certificate.

The Advising Session

  • Check the College Catalog, Schedule of Classes.
  • Please ask questions.
  • Be honest and realistic as you discuss your concerns and questions.
  • Share your goals and educational priorities.
  • Follow up on previous recommendations in a timely manner.
  • Be open-minded. Consider the possible alternatives offered to you by your advisor.
  • Helpful suggestions from friends do not replace qualified assistance from an advisor.

Student's Responsibilities

  • Be prepared for advising sessions by bringing appropriate documents (notes from previous meetings, test scores, transcripts, etc.), making a list of questions and concerns, and planning a tentative class schedule.
  • Take responsibility for learning and complying with college requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Honestly communicate your unique interests, values, abilities and circumstances with your advisor.
  • Take responsibility for achieving your success and accept the consequences of your academic and personal choices.
  • Regularly review your academic progress and maintain your own advising file. Bring your file to each advising session and keep all documents until you graduate.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly, and whenever you have a question or concern.

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